Chirstian Noboa's 57th-minute strike earned Dinamo Moscow the three points over rivals CSKA Moscow, while Zenit St Petersburg extended their Russian Premier League lead with a 3-0 win at Tomsk.
Lokomotiv Moscow overcame Moscow rivals Dynamo at the rain-soaked Khimki Arena to climb up to second place in the Russian Premier League, while FK Krasnodar won at Terek Grozny.
Despite being reduced to ten men, Zenit St. Petersburg were able to beat Volga Nizhny Novgorod after Danny scored a hat-trick while Dynamo Moscow narrowly defeated Terek Grozny at home.
CSKA Moscow saw their lead cut to four points after they were held to a 2-2 draw against local rivals Spartak Moscow, coupled with Zenit St. Petersburg's late win over FK Krasnodar.
CSKA Moscva and Anzhi Makhachkala kept in touch with the leaders of the Russian Premier League, trailing by one and two points respectively after both were victorious today.
FIFA.com previews the remainder of the Russian season, which resumes this weekend following the winter break, with Zenit St Petersburg in pole position to defend their title.